Stella texted me yesterday morning saying she must have slept funny because she had a red mark on her neck and it hurt. She also sent along a photo. I texted back and told her that it was not from her sleeping funny, but looked like a bite of some kind. Then the next text was I am not feeling very well. I packed up my work items and headed home. By the time that I arrived home she was now saying that her chest hurt. We took her temperature and it was 99, not that big of a deal.
Stella read for a little bit and then took a nap. When she woke from her nap she said it was hard to breath and felt like her ribs were going to break – her temperature was 101. For the next hour I called doctor after doctor’s office trying to get in, with no luck. I finally called a doctor’s office in town which does not take our insurance and they could fit us in. Her temperature now was 102!
As we were sitting in the waiting room, I checked my email and in one of the newsletters I get there was a recipe for a natural spider repellant – this might come in handy. In and out of the doctor’s office in less than 10 minutes – spider bite. They called in a prescription and told me to get her some antihistamines to help with the swelling and itching, if that started. I would have watched it one more day, but Stella leaves this afternoon for a week and a half to New York – going to go visit all of her friends.
Natural Spider Repellent (this is where I got the recipe/idea)
5 drops Essential oil (citrus, lavender, peppermint, citronella, cinnamon, tea tree, cloves)
5 drops liquid dish soap
1 quart of water
1. Mix all the ingredients in a spray bottle – I decided to use orange oil. Shake well.
2. Spay doors, windows, cracks, around the yard, garden etc – weekly. do a spot check on carpets/furniture since you are using essential oils and they can stain.
I sprayed all the windows and door frames on the inside of the house and all around Stella’s room outside and the outside door frames. The house smells really good and hopefully no more spider bites!